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Bring your subject to life with our cross-curricular, active and engaging gallery and studio sessions taught within our extraordinary collections. Come up close to an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, study the brush strokes on a painting by Monet or explore line, pattern and shapes through the amazing architecture and sculpture: whatever your topic you are sure to find something to excite and inspire your pupils, from Early Years to Key Stage 5.

Click on a session below for more details and a list of linked resources, then contact us on 01223 332904 or education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk to book, or to discuss your needs. Most sessions are free (charges apply for studio workshops) and travel bursaries are available for schools meeting our criteria.

We are currently accepting bookings for Spring Term 2020

Bookings for Summer Term 2020 open on Monday 24th February

Bookings for Autumn Term 2020 open on Monday 1 June

What is sculpture?

Investigate shape, form, texture and materials to discover sculpture in the museum from ancient to modern.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Design & Technology, KS1, KS2, Materials, Science

Turrets and Tiaras

Journey into the world of chivalrous knights and beautiful princesses in this story session told in the Armoury and ceramics galleries. 

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, History, KS1

The Tudors

Explore life in Tudor England by looking at portraits and armour. This session includes the opportunity for pupils to look at replica costumes and armour. 

 

Tags: Art & Design, Famous People, History, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

The Story of Jan

Follow Jan on his journey of self discovery and adventure in this pirate tale using Dutch paintings in Gallery 15.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Discovery, English, Exploration, History, KS1, KS2

The Story of Camille

Follow the adventures of a young girl who visits Paris for the first time by looking at paintings in the French Impressionist gallery. 

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, History, KS1, KS2

The Real Me

What do portraits tell us about people, who they are and their characters? How do artists show differences between people and what they are feeling? 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Famous People, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, PSHE, Science

The Easter Story

Follow the dramatic events of Holy Week from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection in this story session and introduce children to the museum collection.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Beliefs, Famous People, KS2, Religious Education

The Christmas Story

Follow the nativity story through the paintings galleries from the Annunciation to the arrival of the three kings.

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Famous People, KS1, KS2, Religious Education

The Ancient Greeks

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Greek beliefs, technology and everyday life.

 

Tags: Art & Design, Beliefs, Design & Technology, Early Civilisations, Geography, History, KS2, Materials, Science

The Ancient Egyptians

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Egyptian beliefs, technology and everyday life.

Tags: Art & Design, Beliefs, Design & Technology, Early Civilisations, Geography, History, KS2, Materials, Modern Science, Science

Keeping Creativity Going During Lockdown

Wed, 17 Jun 2020

Pre-COVID19, our focus as educators was on understanding how to serve our young audiences by finding ways to help them come to the museum. Now we must switch our efforts to identifying how the museum can continue to be relevant and useful to them in their own homes. Look, think, do From the start of lockdown, the Learning Team at... Read full article


In an ideal world, museums would make visiting easier by…

Mon, 08 Jun 2020

In early 2018, the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) started thinking about how we could help children with sensory sensitivities and their families to access the museums in a way that worked for them. “People aren’t aware you’ve used every ounce of your energy to get there [the museum]” Parent from focus group “It was a really special opportunity to... Read full article


Rock ChYpPs: putting young people’s objects on display

Sun, 07 Jun 2020

‘Rock ChYpPS’ is a co-curated temporary exhibition at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. It displays geological objects loaned to the museum from children in the local Cambridge area, and aimed to provide a space for museum staff and local children to meet and connect over geology. The University of Cambridge Museums join the PlayDaze summer programme every year. Run... Read full article


Diving into a Coral Reef with Cambridge Communities

Mon, 01 Jun 2020

Our audiences are full of creativity, something we see in bucketfuls at our events and workshops. We wanted to go further, and showcase audience creations and collaborations in our programming and displays. As a Museum celebrating the wonders of the natural world, we have an innate desire to protect it. We have committed to embedding sustainability into our public programme... Read full article


Shakespeare Arts Award Project with Soham Village College

Thu, 30 Apr 2020

In October, eleven Year 8 students from Soham Village College arrived at the Fitzwilliam Museum, ready to embark upon a new project. Over the next eight weeks they would work with staff across the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) to explore the context of their English set-text, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, while completing their Bronze Arts Award. As one of... Read full article